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New York Hospital Queens completes construction of seven-floor, 80-bed facility on main campus increasing access to high-demand patient care services
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Cutting the ribbon is Stephen S. Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Hospital Queens (pictured, center, with large scissors), he is joined by George Heinrich, M.D., Chairman of the Board, New York Hospital Queens; John Liu, NYC Comptroller; Queens Borough President Helen Marshall; Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System; as well as a patient and hospital staff, including doctors, a nurse, physicians's assistant, housekeeper, engineer, a cook and Emergency Room tech.
 
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“June 16, 2010 is proclaimed to be 'New York Hospital Queens day'," said Queens Borough President Helen Marshall.
 
 
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"Our story today isn't only about a new building; it is about what will be inside of this building-- both the people who will work in it, and those who will be cared for in it-- that's what matters the most," said Stephen S. Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer, New York Hospital Queens, to an audience of more than 700 people.
On June 16, 2010, hundreds of employees and volunteers, medical staff, administrators and trustees of New York Hospital Queens, along with numerous community leaders, marked the completion of the hospital’s new wing with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and proclamations from state and city elected officials. The new seven-floor facility, known as the “West Wing,” has 190,000 square feet, and adds 80 certified patient beds, bringing the hospital’s total to 519. This construction, plus a three level parking facility, was completed in 40 months. The total cost of the project was approximately $210 million.

“This is a time of extraordinary challenge for every hospital in the country. It took a great deal of support and perseverance to bring this facility to completion in the midst of a serious recession and the unknowns of health care reform,” said Stephen S. Mills, president and chief executive officer. “Right here in Queens we saw several institutions close while our expansion project was underway. This drove us to create an environment where our community can be confident they will have access to trusted expertise, advanced technology, and a level of quality and service that will help them heal close to home,” he added.

Features of the new wing include medical/surgical units with private and semi-private rooms, and the centralization of the hospital’s high demand cardiovascular and orthopedic services. To increase patient access and convenience, the ground floor includes a new ambulatory surgery center with 10 new operating rooms and 33 recovery beds. The expansion also increases the hospital’s overall capacity to perform surgical and interventional procedures with a unique hybrid operating suite for endovascular and interventional radiology procedures that can be converted to perform vascular procedures in the same room, whenever the need arises.

The wing includes a number of amenities designed to ease access for patients and families. A spectacular four-lane drop off and entryway is located on Main Street, near the corner of Booth Memorial Avenue. A new lobby welcomes visitors with messages in the languages used most in the diverse neighborhoods of Queens County.

“People in Queens deserve the best healthcare available anywhere, and our medical staff and employees have worked very hard to have NYHQ be the hospital of choice for physicians and patients in this community,” said Mills. “This new facility and everything we have invested in it gives us an opportunity to increase the number of people we can care for – safely, conveniently, and close to where they live or work,” he added.



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